Early warning for harmful plankton

plankton seen through a microscope

Following the successful launch of the Live Plankton Analysis System (LPAS) at the recent Aquaculture UK exhibition in Aviemore, OTAQ have received huge interest from the industry, appreciating the value that LPAS provides in combatting the rising threat of harmful algae blooms (‘HABs’).

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Warning from feed giants over whiting stocks

A coalition of businesses – including the biggest names in aquafeed – has warned that unless politicians from coastal states can reach agreement on quotas, North Atlantic blue whiting stocks will no longer be considered sustainable.

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Lerøy escape numbers far less than feared

The number of fish that escaped from a Lerøy Midt salmon farm in Norway is estimated to be considerably less than first thought. Reports earlier this week suggested that 14,000 mature salmon had got out, but that figure is now down to around 8,400.

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Feed joint venture to spend £70m on ‘green’ vessels

Rendering of two planned feed transport vessels

Two ultra-modern vessels have been commissioned for the Norwegian feed transport company Fjordfrende, which is jointly owned by Skretting and Cargill. The boats are due to be delivered in 2026 and will have a hybrid diesel-electric propulsion system with a large battery pack, as well as engines that will be able to run exclusively on biodiesel.

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Feed group BioMar posts record earnings for Q1

Feed business BioMar’s focus on adding value appears to be paying off, with increased earnings for the first quarter of 2024 despite a lower volume of sales, year on year. Including all the feed companies in the BioMar group, the company recorded an EBITDA for Q1 of more than DKK 310m (£35.5m), compared with DKK 117m (£13.4m) for Q1  2023.

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